Independent not Unaccompanied, Ambitious not Afraid: A Rejoinder to Elaine Chase

May 30 2016 – Stanford Mahati. Early this month, Elaine Chase told us how child migrants in Europe struggle to plan for their own  future. In this week’s rejoinder, Stanford Mahati argues that we have underestimated the considerable capacity of child migrants to make their own migration plans and establish their own livelihoods in South Africa. He asks us to abandon the term ‘unaccompanied minors’ and instead…

The New Hope for Diversity?

May 23 2016 – John Bowen. London has a new Mayor: Sadiq Khan. His Muslim and immigrant background have been front and centre in the social media celebrations of his election. At the same time, Khan has sought to play down his background, asserting that he is a mayor of a major capital city, not a…

The Banality of Solidarity

May 16 2016 – Antonis Vradis & Anna Papoutsi. After delivering her verdict on Pope Francis’ move to rescue asylum seekers on Lesbos, Anja Karlsson Franck asked us to seek out a rejoinder from Antonis Vradis and Anna Papoutsi at the Transcapes project in Durham. This week, they seek to answer Anja’s question about whether we can help…

The Papacy: Paternalistic as Ever: A Response to Anja Karlsson Franck

March 21 2016 – Polly Pallister-Wilkins Last week Anja Karlsson Franck spoke to us about Pope Francis’ decision to rescue 12 migrants who were stranded on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Anja argued that we might the Pope’s gesture as a problematic but still politically progressive act. In today’s recording Polly Pallister Wilkins joins forces with…

Childhood Without a Future? Unaccompanied Youth Migrants in Europe

May 2 2016 – Elaine Chase. Large numbers of unaccompanied young migrants are seeking sanctuary in Europe. The plight of these migrants has been brought into focus by the conditions in Calais. The Guardian recently reported that over 150 unaccompanied children from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries are still stranded in Calais, and called on UK Home…

A Papal ‘Gesture’: Can We Help Asylum Seekers without Exploiting Them?

April 25, 2016 – Anja Karlsson Franck On April 16th, Pope Francis made a ‘gesture’ on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Francis, the unlikely darling of the liberal left, returned to the Vatican with 12 Muslim Syrian asylum seekers, planning to offer them sanctuary. Was the Pope setting an example for European governments to follow,…

Reply: to Kendra Briken on Cologne

Monday, 28 March 2016 – Francois Bonnet Today we feature Francois’ response to Kendra Briken’s rejoinder on his podcast The Monday Morning Meetings on Migration (4M) organizers have asked me to provide a short written commentary on Kendra Briken’s podcast, “Room for a Feminist Anti-racism after Cologne? A rejoinder to Francois Bonnet”. At start, thank…

A Trump Presidency: The First 100 Days

March 14 2016 – Austin Kocher   After a series of large victories in the primaries, Donald Trump is being hailed as the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee. His election campaign has promised two major changes to immigration policy: build a wall on the US/Mexico border and increase efforts to deport unauthorised foreign residents. In this week’s podcast, we…

EU-Turkey: Deal or no Deal?

14 March 2016 – Franck Düvell The EU and Turkey are aiming to close the ‘Balkan route’ to Europe. On March 7 2016, the EU mooted a plan to send non-refugees back to Turkey while offering to resettle those people who Turkey has already qualified as refugees. In today’s podcast, Franck Düvell argues that this seemingly simple and straightforward swap faces…